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The House of Smiles (1991)

La casa del sorriso (original title)
A septuagenarian couple are attracted to each other in a retirement home but find the institution and their fellow patients frown on their relationship.

Director:

Marco Ferreri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Thulin ... Adelina
Dado Ruspoli Dado Ruspoli ... Andrea
Enzo Cannavale Enzo Cannavale ... Avvocato
Nuccia Fumo Nuccia Fumo
Nunzia Fumo Nunzia Fumo
María Mercader ... Elvira
Caterina Casini ... Dottoressa Peri
Lucia Vasini Lucia Vasini ... Giovanna
Francesca Antonelli Francesca Antonelli ... Rosy
Elisabeth Kaza Elisabeth Kaza ... Esmeralda (as Elizabeth Kaszá)
Silvia Betti Silvia Betti
Lucio Caizzi
Muhammad Camara Muhammad Camara ... (as Mohamed Camara)
Ester Carloni Ester Carloni ... (as Ester Carlone)
Baldassarre Caruso Baldassarre Caruso
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Storyline

Adelina, a former "Miss Smiles" beauty queen, is a resident at a senior citizen retirement home. Her joie de vie and unfaded beauty make her attractive to the male residents, especially Andrea, a dapper and charming but married septuagenarian. Their initial mutual attraction evolves into physical desire, but their families and the conservative culture of the institution conspire against their consummating their love. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Sorriso See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 Letterbox
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Quotes

Esmeralda: [to Adelina and Andrea as she's watching TV] It's a shame that men like Bogart always end up falling for the first two cent broad they meet, and most of the time she's blonde.
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Soundtracks

Sobre las olas
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played at retirement home
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grow old gracefully
31 October 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

One of Marco Ferreri's movies from later in his career focuses on a woman in a retirement home and her new relationship. Protagonist Adelina (Ingrid Thulin) hooks up with a man whose wife is undergoing treatment. Many of Adelina's acquaintances don't approve of her relationship, to the point that someone steals her dentures. This sets in motion a whole new series of events.

What I found to be a really interesting part of "La casa del sorriso" ("The House of Smiles" in English) was the African music. The African immigrants brought a most unexpected dimension to a movie with a seemingly routine story. But anyway, I've liked every one of Marco Ferreri's movies that I've seen, and I recommend this one.


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